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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jul 2, 2008 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Anniversary In Maine (or one in MA if you'd rather)

Top 5 overall Dead Weekend Experiences for me, plus the show itself does NOT suck.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd88-07-02.sbd-matrix.dan.21211.sbeok.shnf

Iko Iko -> Jack Straw, West L.A. Fadeaway, Memphis Blues, Row Jimmy, Blow Away, Victim Or The Crime, Foolish Heart Crazy Fingers-> Playin-> Uncle John's Band-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Space-> The Wheel-> Gimmie Some Lovin-> All Along The Watchtower-> Morning Dew-> Sugar Magnolia - E: Mighty The Mighty Quinn

First set rocks, including the Iko opener into a red hot Jack Straw, and the second takes off featuring a great Playin>UJB>Terrapin in addition to a spectacular Dew.

Video:
UJB http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6640499558805458498

Dew http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6848595343453936253

(I can't remember if it is "uncool" to post video links, if it is politically incorrect, just let me know and I shall bow to "the man" and remove them post haste)

Oh, if you don't want to go all the way up to Maine, the very next year's 7/2 show is a very fine alternative. Outstanding MOTB recording. Great memories of the show, none of the facility. Saw a few shows there, in addition to some Pat's games, and was always impressed that each time I went it seemed to have disintegrated a little more. Dump is too kind a word. So sad that the Razor never got to host a show.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1989-07-02.fob.thomson.motb.81459.sbeok.flac16

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2008-07-02 14:36:51

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Poster: august_wst Date: Jul 2, 2008 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Maine or Mass

Wow, it is the 2nd of July isn't it?

I was at both shows and I have to say... both great shows. I was a little too high at Foxboro, but I do remember walking in and the band going in to Playin' -> Crazy Fingers and my friends and I looking around with a glazed/dazed look and asking each other if we had accidentally stayed out in the parking lot too long and missed the first set.

Oxford, ME was a whole different ball of wax. What a weird scene outside of that show. Great Phil bombs during Jack Straw! Phil was a handful that day. Trouble ahead, Jerry in Red, was the chant for a while. Hey what's this? Three new tunes to end the set?!?!?! Brent, you need to talk man... that's one's a little angry sounding. Bobby, what the hell are you trying to say with that one? Jerry, I sure hope that one gets fleshed out a little more, it seems a little repetitive and naked. Dude, did that spinner just skip right through that puddle of piss like it was a cool water creek?!?!?!! eeewwwwwwwwww...

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jul 2, 2008 11:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Maine or Mass

With Oxford the first set did end a little differently than I would have liked, but they more than made up for it in the second.

As for the spinner dancing in pools of liquid gold, I remember a similar situation in Foxboro: One of the parking lots was below the stadium and there was a fairly steep hill leading up from the lot. Well, some geniouses decided that the top of this hill was the perfect spot to relieve themselves. Needless to say that after a few hundred of these mental midgets let fly, the hill quickly became what I like to call Urine Falls. You add on the 90 degrees plus high humidity that day and you have recipe for pure nastiness.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2008-07-02 18:05:07

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Poster: august_wst Date: Jul 2, 2008 11:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Maine or Mass

ahhh... wookies. they do tend to possess an almost mythical level of self-centeredness that has an almost celebrity quality to it, don't they?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 2, 2008 7:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anniversary In Maine (or one in MA if you'd rather)

Well Oxford Plains is a show I haven't dug out of the shoebox in some little while. As you probably know I'm not that big on the late 80s on the whole but this one is a pretty likeable beast - not least because Garcia sounds like he's having a good time. You're not wrong about the Jack Straw - one of my very favourite versions for the raw power of the playing. Garcia also, if I might add to your observations, commands the heights on Watchtower, laying waste to all in sight with some strafing fretboard runs. And the fact that this takes us into that fine Morning Dew you speak of is one of those things that convinces you that life can be good.

So, you were among the happy whooping hordes that night? I'll listen to the show with all the more pleasure now for knowing that. (And I'm not being sarcastic - so flame off, Torchie.)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jul 2, 2008 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anniversary In Maine (or one in MA if you'd rather)

Yep, that would be me whoooping and hollering. All the right things came together that weekend:
Fine Weather
Fine Friends
Fine Chemical Companions
The G.A. crowd was unusally mellow (at least what I experienced)and the group spirit was riding high for both shows
Fine shows
No hassels encountered start to finish (well, at least once we got by the State Troopers at the Maine border who were doing random searches of any "suspicious" looking vehicles. Lucky for me I was in my stealth-mobile: a 1979 Cutlass Cruiser station wagon and was able to speed through the check point with nary a glance from the armed sentinels)

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 2, 2008 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anniversary In Maine (or one in MA if you'd rather)

Did maine in 88 and Foxboro in 89. Great times and great shows. Please check out the fantasy>Jude from Foxboro 89. It's amazing.

I always think about the dead around the 4th of July. Seems like I hit a ton of shows around this time

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jul 2, 2008 10:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anniversary In Maine (or one in MA if you'd rather)

As soon as I finish up with Oxford, I'll be heading down to Foxboro. Today is indeed a good day. All the music without the traffic.

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jul 2, 2008 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anniversary In Maine (or one in MA if you'd rather)

On the 3rd in Oxford there was a huge "Help>slip>Frank" chant going when the band hit the stage for the second set. Not to be until 89

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Poster: billydlions Date: Jul 2, 2008 7:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anniversary In Maine (or one in MA if you'd rather)

I attended that fine show on 7/2/89 at Foxboro. It still stands out as one of the better shows I saw. I drove up from Rutgers U with some heads who partied a little too hard leaving me with the driving duties back to New Brunswick. Somehow we made it home alive.

I do not have fond memories of the huge backup of cars trying to get to the stadium or the terrible conditions of Foxboro. That stadium, along with JFK in Philly, are the worst facilities I've been to.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jul 2, 2008 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Anniversary In Maine (or one in MA if you'd rather)

Not a very fair comparison. JFK was much much much older (built in the '20s) and was only being used for big concerts in the end. Sullivan was still being used for professional football games in '89. Philly had another pit to play football in.

The Dead played JFK on the 7/7/89. It was the last event in that monster. The stadium was condemned less than a week later. Coincidence?